Traffic and Roads Safety

The Wellington County Road System has traffic volumes ranging from 100 to 25,000 per day and has over 225 traffic counting stations on County roads.

Traffic LightSignalized Intersections Design

Traffic Signals within the County roads system are installed to contribute to the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians. The County conducts regular movement studies at major intersections to determine future signal installation requirements.

All traffic signal designs meet Ministry of Transportation standards and are based on volume of traffic, turning movements, geographic conditions, etc. The intersections are studied and timing and phasing of all movements are considered before implementation. Once traffic signals are installed, signal timing is monitored and updated periodically.

Roundabouts

The County of Wellington in the Village of Elora installed its first roundabout in the fall of 2009 at the intersection of Metcalfe Street and McNab Street.

There are nine tips on how manoeuvre around a Roundabout:

  1. Slow down when approaching a roundabout
  2. Keep right of "splitter island"
  3. Choose the correct entry lane
  4. Observe the crosswalk and yield to pedestrians
  5. Move to the yield line and wait for a gap in traffic before entering the roundabout. Yield to all traffic (including cyclists), regardless of their position
  6. Do not enter beside someone already in the roundabout because they may be exiting. Drivers in the roundabout have the right-of-way
  7. Within the roundabout always travel counterclockwise and do not stop you have the right-of-way over entering traffic
  8. Do not pass other vehicles in the roundabout and give large vehicles extra space
  9. As you approach your desired exit, use you right turn signal and take the exit while maintaining a slow speed. For an illustration on how to use a roundabout Click Here For more information visit the Region of Waterloo Roundabout Information Site

Safety Devices

The purpose of safety devices is to communicate essential information to the motoring public about traffic movement and traffic safety. The County follows the Ontario Traffic Manual Books for all safety devices.  The key operations pertaining to safety devices include:

  • Road Markings - installing and maintaining longitudinal markings (e.g., dividing lines and roadway edge lines), transverse markings (e.g., stop lines and pedestrian crosswalks), and symbol and word markings (e.g., stop ahead directional arrows).  When you see line painting operations it is wise not to drive over the newly installed markings as the paint may still be wet and could damage your vehicle. 
  • Signs - manufacturing, installing, and maintaining County road signs and posts
  • Street & Traffic Signals - designing, installing and maintaining street lights and signals on County roads
  • Guide Rails - installing and maintaining steel beam guide rails and three strand guide rails

To report any downed, vandalized signs or traffic signals that are not operational please contact the Roads Division at 519.837.2601 ext. 2470